What not to do if you want to get that dream job!

5 Epic Interview Fails Seen From The Other Side of The Desk — What not to do if you want to get that dream job!
5 Epic Interview Fails Seen From The Other Side of The Desk — What not to do if you want to get that dream job!
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What is your biggest job interview blunder?

Mine was having a cup of coffee when wearing a white shirt and thinking this was a good idea on a moving train. Yes, I spilt it down myself and had to endure the full interview, in Summer, without taking my jacket off. I don’t imagine it was a good look. And guess what? I didn’t get the job!

In my current day job, I run a department of around 30 professionals in a medium-size organisation of about 250 staff. I couldn’t give a precise number, but I’ve interviewed hundreds of potential employees…


Personal reflections from living in a right-handed world

Is Being Left-Handed The Last Frontier of Prejudice? — Personal reflections from living in a right-handed world
Is Being Left-Handed The Last Frontier of Prejudice? — Personal reflections from living in a right-handed world
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You may wonder whether this is a serious piece or a bit of fun. Well, a bit of both I guess.

First things first — I am left-handed and proud of it! Add to this that I am left-footed, my dominant eye is my left one, and my political views are very to the left. In fact, in every way that matters, I am to the left!

Estimates vary, as does distribution by gender and country, but around 10–12% of the world are now left-handers. That’s anywhere between 780 and 936 million fellow lefties out there.

Yet, we are still…


Is your outrage and support only skin-deep?

Do We Back a Cause Because We Believe In It Or To Look Good? — Is your outrage and support only skin-deep?
Do We Back a Cause Because We Believe In It Or To Look Good? — Is your outrage and support only skin-deep?
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What do these social media hashtags have in common?

#BLM

#Covid19IndiaHelp

#ThankYouNHS

#pridemonth

Not too difficult, I hope. They all mark a means to support social movements fighting injustice and inequality, a national focus on the pandemic crisis, or recognising the work of the UK’s National Health Service during COVID-19.

All important causes worthy of ongoing support and recognition, and just a few of many campaigns or movements vying for our awareness and pushing for change.

They also have something less favourable in common — they get hijacked by companies, organisations and individuals who use them to curry favour, promote…


Should we prosecute negligible governments over their COVID-19 handling?

If the Pandemic Was Preventable, Is This A Crime of Global Genocide? Should we prosecute negligible governments over their COVID-19 handling?
If the Pandemic Was Preventable, Is This A Crime of Global Genocide? Should we prosecute negligible governments over their COVID-19 handling?
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How satisfied have you been by the response of your national government in curbing the spread of COVID-19?

If you live in New Zealand, Singapore or Australia, there’s a good chance you’re quite content with its handling. Citizens of many other countries are unlikely to be feeling the same. To date, there have been 171 million reported COVID-19 cases (the actual number will be much higher) and over 3.69 million deaths.

The Worldometer Coronavirus tracker reveals the following countries sit on a grim Top 10 list of those with the largest…


The positive power of nature and the environment

I Wasn’t Expecting My Allotment To Be Good For My Mental Health — The positive power of nature and the environment
I Wasn’t Expecting My Allotment To Be Good For My Mental Health — The positive power of nature and the environment
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Is your life stressful?

If you said no to this question, I want to know how you do it! My life has its challenges. I have two autistic children who have differing additional support needs. My wife has Long COVID and an assortment of other health difficulties thanks to the virus. I have a demanding and busy day job. And I support a rubbish football team. These things all have the potential to cause me stress and anxiety!

I imagine you’ll have variations on the above too.

But what is stress? This might seem an odd question. We’ve lived with…


The darker side of Clickbait

4 Reasons You’ll Read This Article Without Knowing What It’s About — The darker side of clickbait
4 Reasons You’ll Read This Article Without Knowing What It’s About — The darker side of clickbait
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How many times has the lure of headlines such as these led to you clicking to learn more?

  • You’ll never believe what these 90s stars look like now
  • How to lose 20lbs in a week using this one weird trick
  • Unexplained paranormal photos — number 14 will terrify you
  • Is that really you in this picture?
  • Drink this for a month and get the six-pack you always wanted
  • 20 celebrities with awful teeth and the photos they tried to bury

You get the picture!

I’ll admit, I’ve clicked on headlines like these, often because the accompanying image of the “90s…


What compels us to pour out our inner thoughts?

Is Writing On Medium A Mid-Life Crisis? — What compels us to pour out our inner thoughts?
Is Writing On Medium A Mid-Life Crisis? — What compels us to pour out our inner thoughts?
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What motivates you to write on Medium or elsewhere?

This question has been rumbling around my head for a few days after I read a quote from Joss Whedon:

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”

Not having ever watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which he wrote) I wasn’t familiar with him, but the thought stayed with me. Why do I write?

How long is a piece of string?

A little research reveals there is no shortage of suggestions…


And make some great contacts along the way!

3 Quick Tips To Be a Better Writer On Medium and Beyond — And make some great contacts along the way!
3 Quick Tips To Be a Better Writer On Medium and Beyond — And make some great contacts along the way!
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Do you worry as a writer — whether here on Medium or anywhere else — that one day your creativity will dry up?

If you do, you’re probably not alone, and this is near the top of my writing worry list. The thought the ideas and, even worse, the words stop flowing fills me with terror.

I’m trying to avoid using the phrase “Writer’s Block” as that’s a whole other subject for another time. For some such as Terry Pratchett, there is no such thing, with his belief that:

“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by…


Walking the line between “freedom of speech” and online abuse

Are You An Internet Troll? Walking the line between “freedom of speech” and online abuse
Are You An Internet Troll? Walking the line between “freedom of speech” and online abuse
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Have you suffered online abuse?

Whether intentioned, have you ever dished out some unpleasant behaviours from the safety of your keyboard or mobile phone?

Where do you consider the right to an opinion crosses the line into abusive and threatening behaviour?

These are tough questions. If you live in a democracy, the chances are you can exercise freedom of speech. You might have it written into your laws and constitution if your country has one.

Let’s take the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which says:

Congress shall make no…

Miles Etherton

Author & activist - posting on writing, politics, marketing and sports. Writer for pubs: Thoughts & Ideas, The Secret Society, Writers’ Blokke and New Era

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